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Deadbeat Dad Sentenced

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    An Arizona man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for failing to pay more than $65,000 in child support.

    Maurice Bell of Avondale, Ariz., was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly.

    Bell used to live in Chicago. He was convicted by a jury in January following a three-day trial at which prosecutors said there was no evidence he had ever made a child-support payment.

    Prosecutors say they believe it's the first time a criminal child support case had gone to trial in Chicago's federal court.

    But they say a number of defendants charged with failing to pay had pleaded guilty to the charge.

    AP